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Jaroslav Hašek

Jaroslav Hašek

JAROSLAV HAŠEK was born in Prague in 1883. After being sacked by a bank for being absent without leave and dismissed from the editorship of an animal magazine for making a special offer of a pair of werewolves, he became involved with the anarchist movement and led a bohemian life, writing comic short stories and sketches for newspapers. In 1911 he stood unsuccessfully in a Prague election for a party proposing the nationalisation of concierges and rehabilitation of animals. Called up in 1915, Hašek was taken prisoner by the Russians, released and allowed to join the Czech Legion, from which he deserted in 1917 to join the Bolsheviks, whose firm discipline held his drinking in check for a time. Returning to the new Czech Republic in 1920 with, bigamously, a Russian wife, his health undermined by alcohol and suffering from depression, he lived in the Bohemian-Moravian highlands working on his masterpiece The Good Soldier Svejk, left unfinished at his death.

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Czech : Classics/Modern Classics


055356 The Bachura Scandal £8.95

French : Classics/Modern Classics

001717 Les aventures du brave soldat Svejk £13.75

Spanish : Popular Fiction

336935 Las aventuras del valeroso soldado Schwejk £16.75

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